11 Best Christmas Movies for Kids to Bring out the Holiday Spirit

A Christmas Story (1983)

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4. A Christmas Story (1983)

There are tons of funny, family-friendly moments and quotable lines in Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story. Nine-year-old Ralphie only wants one thing under his tree, a Red Ryder BB gun, but all anyone can say in response is “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

Although it’s definitely a classic for Gen-Xers, A Christmas Story hits home for anyone who ever desperately wanted something special for Christmas.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

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5. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

From Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip comes A Charlie Brown Christmas. Winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program in 1966, A Charlie Brown Christmas was ahead of its time, focusing on finding the true meaning of the holiday season amid over-commercialization.

Even amid Charlie Brown’s pessimism and melodrama, the timeless animation and good storytelling make it a favorite among children year after year.

Home Alone (1990)

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6. Home Alone (1990)

A young Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin McCallister, the family troublemaker who accidentally gets left behind in a rush to leave for the annual family holiday trip. For a parent, the thought of accidentally leaving a child behind is terrifying, but for a kid it’s a thrilling chance to do whatever you want without parental supervision.

Home Alone is one of those relatable Christmas films that’s both funny and teaches everyone a valuable lesson about inner strength and family.